Alekanovo inscription

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Reproduction of the Alekanovo inscription

The Alekanovo inscription is a group of undeciphered characters found in the fall of 1897 in the Russian village of Alekanovo (Ryazan Oblast) by Russian archeologist Vasily Gorodtsov. The characters were inscribed on a small clay pot 15 cm high, located in a Slavic burial site. While the inscription was found to be authentic, there is no widely accepted reading of it.[1] The inscription was dated by Gorodtsov to 10th–11th century AD. Similar characters on shards were found in Alekanovo in 1898.[2][3][4]

Gorodtsov proposed that the characters might be runes, but found only two characters similar to runes. According to Polish ethnographer Jan Leciejewski [pl], the inscription is mirror writing and should be read right-to-left. Another view is that the inscription represents a local character set, devised in the Vyatich tribal union.[1]


  1. ^ a b Громов, Дмитрий; Бычков, Алексей (2005). Славянская руническая письменность: факты и домыслы [Slavic runic writing: facts and conjectures] (PDF) (in Russian). Moscow: София. p. 208. Retrieved 2 April 2013.CS1 maint: ref=harv (link)[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Городцов В. А. «Заметка о глиняном сосуде с загадочными знаками» // Археологические известия и заметки, т. V, № 12, М., 1897.
  3. ^ Истрин В. А. «Возникновение и развитие письма». М.: Наука, 1965. - 600 с.
  4. ^ Городцов В. А. «Заметка о загадочных знаках на обломках глиняной посуды» // Археологические известия и заметки. 11-12. М., 1898. стр. 370. б).